Pathogenic jurisdiction

Did you know…

that there are several sub-divisions of the primary, tonic diseases?

Last week we examined one of these: the homogenic jurisdiction. Here we find the various physical and mental-emotional shocks and traumas of life.

Another important jurisdiction of the primary, tonic diseases is the pathogenic jurisdiction. This one is familiar to most as it corresponds to the conventional infectious diseases, such as the childhood diseases – measles, chickenpox, mumps, whooping cough, etc. – as well as the various tropical diseases, such as cholera, malaria, yellow fever, typhoid, etc.

The governing principle of this jurisdiction is the link between a given disease agent, or microbe, called a pathogen, and a given disease state, such as the parasite, Plasmodium delivered by certain mosquitos and the disease termed malaria.

Again, it is important to remember here that while the pathogen is the carrier for the disease, the disease itself is a dynamic or energetic entity that is able to get into and destabilize a person’s life force, and in particular the generative side of that life force. Once there, it acts to weaken our system.

These primary pathogenic diseases we also term miasms, from an old medical term for disease ‘influence’. There are certain self-limiting miasms, such as the childhood diseases that stay for a certain period and then are seemingly gone. However, they can remain to a certain degree in the system in the form of an impairment to our energy system, which can then leave undesired consequences to our health, or what are termed ‘sequelae’. For example, a person who had chickenpox as a child can later suffer from it in the form of the condition termed ‘shingles’. In Heilkunst, we would mainly treat shingles as the lingering or sub-chronic disease of chickenpox. I once had a case of a middle-aged woman who had one side of her throat paralyzed as a result of polio as a child. When she was treated for the polio virus, the paralysis went away and she was able to swallow normally again.

Some miasma are of long duration, and if not removed when they occur, will become chronic in nature, and significantly undermine one’s health. These are the diseases often referred to as degenerative, such as the sexually transmitted diseases (STD) – syphilis, gonorrhoea, as well as others such as tuberculosis, lyme and malaria. These are disease states that can be passed on from one generation to another. To a greater or less degree each of us has some of these inherited disease patterns within us, which undermines our quality of life either acutely, as they often can be brought out into manifestation upon a sort of upset, or sub-clinically as lack of energy or motivation for life. Most complex disease conditions, such as mental illness, diabetes, cancer, and autism-spectrum disorders, involve one or more of these chronic miasms. The good news is that they can be treated through the Heilkunst approach even if passed down from a previous generation.

In the pathogenic jurisdiction of disease we can treat for the infectious primary diseases as they occur. These include the well-known childhood diseases (measles, chickenpox, mumps, whooping cough, etc), various tropical diseases (cholera, malaria, yellow fever, typhoid, etc), STD (syphilis, gonorrhoea), tuberculosis, lyme, malaria, influenza and strep throat. Anything that has a viral and infectious origin can be treated in this jurisdiction by using the dynamic, energetic form of the virus, applying the law of similars. The treatment is safe and effective, without the side-effects and toxic effects of drugs.

We can also treat for the lingering impairment of the acute infectious diseases of the past, such as removing the chickenpox virus for shingles treatment and the polio virus for the longstanding defect/paralysis in the adult. The treatment on past infectious diseases in the adult can have deep health boosting effects.

Finally, we can treat for the inherited disease patterns, which we call chronic miasms, the result of the infectious disease states passing on from one generation to another. Treating the chronic miasms can bring forth immense health improvement for people suffering from chronic conditions and serious illness (mental illness, diabetes, cancer, and autism-spectrum disorders).

Next week we will look at another tonic disease jurisdiction, one that is becoming more and more of a problem for our health – diseases caused by prescribed drugs and synthetic chemicals in foods. So stay tuned, and in the meantime, may you have a joyous and heart-felt Christmas celebration.

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Homogenic jurisdiction

Did you know…

that disease is divided into primary, constant nature (or tonic) disease and secondary, variable nature (or pathic) disease, and that the primary or tonic disease side is then further divided into different jurisdictions?  (See previous blog on primary, tonic disease and secondary, pathic disease) Human law is a reflection of natural law. Just as we have different levels of political jurisdiction: federal, state, county, municipal, etc. – so we find different jurisdictions in the world of primary, tonic disease. In Heilkunst generally, the differentiation of disease is very important as it helps in their identification in a given case, and the identification then allows for the remedial measure (curative agent) to be used.

The first jurisdiction is the ‘homogenic’ jurisdiction, involving all those diseases caused by a certain “irritant action”, such as physical and emotional traumas and accidents/incidents. Thus, if we are hit with a blunt instrument such as by a hammer, piece of wood or baseball, this can cause a contusion disease (bruise). While the body can heal the bruise over time, the underlying trauma often remains and prevents a complete healing, leaving us feeling a lingering weakness in the area of the blow. Many people who have been in a car accident suffer some kind of malignancy for years after, even though there is nothing outwardly, physically wrong. No amount of physical therapy or various ointments and lotions will remove this weakness. There is one specific substance in nature, however, that can remove the trauma and allow complete healing by the body to take place, and that is Arnica montana, the mountain laurel. There is another substance in nature that can remove sprains and strains to ligaments and tendons, namely Ruta gaveolens, or common Rue. And we also find another substance that helps to remove the trauma to overworked muscles in common poison ivy, Rhus toxicodendron. So, in these three substances alone, nature has provided a powerful set of remedies for common injuries of various sorts.

Under the ‘homogenic’ jurisdiction we also find the emotional traumas, such as unresolved loss or grief. While grieving the loss of a loved one is common and seems to be in the order of things, from which we naturally heal, sometimes we cannot overcome the tragedy. While most of us then accept the painful struggle that we can’t put to rest, be it a husband grieving a deceased wife or a man disappointed about his father’s neglect when he was a child, these  unresolved traumas of mental-emotional origin can all be resolved under the ‘homogenic’ jurisdiction. The trauma of loss can be resolved emotionally within us, even if of longstanding, by the use of Natrum muriaticum, derived from sea salt. There is also a remedy for resolving traumas involving fear, Papaver somniferum, from the poppy family. Of course, more factors will have to be considered for more complex cases.

Most of the first aid treatment using ‘homeopathic’ medicines are based on this principle of matching the remedial action of a substance in nature to a given trauma involving an ‘irritant action’. The knowledge of their use has come to us largely from the common ‘domestic remedies’ used by wise women and various traditional practitioners, their virtues discovered empirically. Now we know that the basis of their curative action is the law of similars.

Knowing the law of similars, and knowing the curative relationship between a particular trauma and a particular substance in nature, we can effectively and safely treat for the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” that seems to be an integral part of the human condition.  We can even remove traumas of longstanding. One example that stands out for me is the case of a woman who was seeking treatment for a skin condition. She had been to see many practitioners, both conventional and alternative, but the skin problem persisted. In examining the case, I learned that the skin eruption had appeared about 6 months after a car accident. I then treated for the various traumas, both physical and emotional involved in the accident, using the principle of ‘irritant action’ of the homogenic dimension of disease, and the skin problem cleared up.

While we often use the colloquial term ‘homeopathic’ to describe all treatment with energy medicine on the basis of the law of similars, it is strictly speaking only correct when used to describe the treatment of secondary, pathic diseases. Treatment of primary, tonic disease is more correctly termed ‘homotonic’ prescribing. The nice thing about homotonic prescribing is that it treats the primary disease and that the remedial agent (medicine) is easy to determine once the disease itself is determined. The diseases in the homogenic jurisdiction are relatively easy to identify once the traumas, either physical or emotional, are known.

Another interesting case is that of a little boy with a persistent cough. The mother, a homeopath herself, tried various homeopathic medicines based on the symptoms of the case, but none of these worked. She was treating for a presumed secondary, pathic disease, which is termed homeopathic prescribing, but the problem here lay deeper, with a primary, tonic disease. When she contacted us, she was quite desperate and had even tried various and herbal allopathic cough syrups, but nothing was helping. In questioning, she revealed that her son had seen his sister struck by a car while playing in the street. We then treated ‘homotonically’ (not homeopathically), for the shock and fear of that incident, and her son’s cough ceased within two days.

Next week we will continue looking at the other jurisdictions of the primary, tonic side of disease. Stay tuned.

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The Two Types of Disease

Did you know…

That there are two fundamental types of disease?

There are primary diseases that have a constant nature, such that they are easy to recognize when they re-appear, such as measles, chickenpox, yellow fever, cholera.

These primary, constant nature diseases can give rise to one or more variants, or secondary diseases. Which ones will arise in a given person, once affected by the primary disease depends on a number of factors, including one’s constitution, typology, etc. Thus, we say that these secondary diseases are of a variable nature.

Primary, Constant Diseases

The constant diseases are readily identified, and can be sub-divided into specific jurisdictions according to the operative principle. The main ones are:

- homogenic – they arise from the principle of irritant action

- pathogenic – they arise from the principle of infectious action

- iatrogenic - they arise from the principle of improper drug action

There are also diseases that fall into the realm of mind as well as the soul-spirit, which we term ideogenic diseases; the principle here is that of ignorance which leads to belief, illusion and delusion, distorting our ability to perceive and apperceive reality.

Because of the constant nature of the primary disease, only one (constant) medicine is required to treat a given primary disease. The same remedy is used for the given primary disease regardless of the variety of outward manifestations, signs and symptoms in different individuals. The matching between a primary disease with its curative medicine or remedy is relatively easy.

The homogenic diseases are either physical (such as toxins, poisons, accidents, physical injuries) or emotional (unresolved grief, fear, anger or guilt). The specific remedies for each of these have been worked out clinically over time, such as Natrum muriaticum for unresolved grief, and Arnica montana for a bruise, or Apis mellifica for a bee sting.

The pathogenic disease remedies are determined by identifying the microbe or pathogen and making an energetic medicine from them, either as a pure strain (isode) or by means of a characteristic disease exudate or discharge (nosode). For example, treating the chronic disease pattern tuberculosis is done by the nosode Tuberculinum; treating measles is done through the nosode Morbillinum.

The iatrogenic diseases are determined by the drug prescribed. Treating a disease engendered by a given drug is done via the isode made from that drug, such as treating ‘side-effects’ of the antibiotic Amoxicillin by means of the isode Amoxicillin. Or we could remove the disease effects of a vaccination by using the energized isode of the vaccine injected, such as MMR for the MMR vaccination.

Secondary, Variable Diseases

These diseases are more difficult to identify as this must be done by means of the specific symptoms of the patient. This is the basis for homeopathic prescribing proper (prescribing for the constant diseases is more properly termed ‘homotonic’ prescribing’). However, since the secondary, variable diseases are derived from the primary, constant diseases, treating the primary diseases often removes certain secondary diseases at the same time. The homeopathic prescribing based on the symptoms, disease expressions of the patient, is mostly used in acute situations when it is relatively easy to ascertain the secondary disease being expressed.

To aid the process of homeopathic prescribing, homeopaths have undertaken many clinical trials, which are called ‘provings’,of a given substance (in a safe dose) and then noted the symptoms that arise. These symptom pictures are catalogued in a resource called a Materia Medica, and in a tool for sifting through all the symptoms, termed a repertory. Some well-known and traditional works include: Boericke’s Repertory and Materia Medica, Clark’s Dictionary of Materia Medica, and Kent’s Repertory. There are many more, and modern ones have been updated with the more recent provings.

Thus putting the two types of diseases and their treatment together, if a person had chickenpox, he would be given Varicella, the specific for that disease, and the remaining acute symptoms would be examined to see which possible secondary disease picture existed, and once this symptom picture was matched to the symptom picture of a medicine in the Materia Medica, this particular medicine or remedy would also be given to the chickenpox patient.

Hahnemann laid down a rule that the primary, constant diseases should be treated first, and then if there are any remaining secondary diseases, these are to be treated.

Next week, we’ll take a closer look at the different jurisdictions of the primary diseases. Stay tuned!

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Dual Nature

Did you know…

That flowing from the dual nature of our life force, and from the dual nature of disturbances to our state of health, there are two laws of cure in nature?

Two Types of Disturbances = Two Types of Laws of Cure

Disturbances to the sustentive side of the life force produce a disorder. Thus, insufficient Vitamin C or any other substance essential and necessary to the healthy functioning of life within us, will create a disorder in the healthy metabolic processes that depend on Vitamin C. Such imbalances, or disorders, can be corrected by simply supplying what is missing. The same applies in the case of something we are taking too much of, such as coffee or alcohol; the corrective measure is to reduce out intake to the level the organism can handle and is also healthy for it. These actions, in which we increase what is deficient and reduce what is in excess is known as the law of opposites.

Disturbances to the generative side of the life force produce a disease. A disease cannot be removed by simply increasing or reducing some substance or activity, as in the case of a disorder. A disease is akin to an impregnation, and requires a different action, according to a different law. This is known as the law of similars. Thus, if you are stung by a bee, an appropriate dose of the bee venom will remove or cure any disease created by the sting. If you are poisoned by a chemical or a drug, similarly, any disease engendered by such products (as they are synthetic poisons), can be removed by an appropriate dose of the chemical or drug itself. This is the law of similars and often referred to in such expressions as ‘fighting fire with fire,” “set a thief to catch a thief,” and “the hair of the dog that bit him.”

The law of similars works on the basis of resonance, so we could also call it the law of similar resonance. Resonance is not a function of crude matter, but of energy, just as in the case of love. Thus, it is the dynamic or energetic nature of a medicine that must resonate with the dynamic nature of a similar disease. And at the level of energy, two similar energy waves or patterns cancel each other out. This is seen, for example,  in the case of running signals through a pair of twisted wires – the signal disappears, as the one cancels out the other.

This energetic nature of disease and the action of medicines is also crucial to the safe use of the law of similars. Use of crude doses can be harmful and dangerous, but when medicines are used not in crude but dynamic and energetic form, they are quite safe.

Two Types of Treatment

Treatment for disorders we categorize under the term ‘regimen’, which consists of activities or specific regimental agents, such as diet, exercise, physical manipulation, as well as herbs, supplements, etc. Most of the natural health field falls into this category of seeking to remove symptoms by re-balancing what is judged out of balance.

Treatment for disease is categorized under the term ‘medicine’, which consists of using certain agents, called medicines or medicinal agents based on the law of similars.

So, how can we determine which medicine is similar to which disease? Part of the answer lies in the fact that there are two fundamental types of disease, but that is a topic for our next blog. Stay tuned!

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